Stay­ing in the EU is vi­tal says coun­cil­lor

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ruther­glen has called on all the pro- EU can­di­dates to put party dif­fer­ences be­hind them when it comes to Europe.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown be­lieves stay­ing in the EU was “vi­tal for the fu­ture of Scot­land and the United King­dom.”

But he warned vot­ers could be put off by political grand­stand­ing and called for unity on the is­sue of Europe.

He said: “Ni­cola Stur­geon has been mud­dy­ing the wa­ters with her re­peated call for a se­cond ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence if the UK voted to leave the Euro­pean Union.

“She would be far bet­ter to con­cen­trate on help­ing to make sure that does not hap­pen.

“Her con­stant spec­u­la­tion on what might hap­pen if the vote went the wrong way is dam­ag­ing to the cam­paign – in­deed she might be de­scribed as talk­ing down the Euro­pean cause.

“Apart from any other con­sid­er­a­tions, the idea of Scot­land stay­ing in the EU while the rest of Bri­tain came out – or in­deed the other way round – does not stand up to scru­tiny. Scot­land sells far more goods and ser­vices to the rest of Bri­tain than we do to the whole of the rest of the world com­bined.

“The Euro­pean Union has helped to bring peace to a con­ti­nent torn apart by two world wars and it has built a strong union al­low­ing free trade and free move­ment. With eco­nomic, so­cial and se­cu­rity ben­e­fits the Euro­pean Union is good for the UK.

“I hope all political par­ties in Ruther­glen will join me on this and put aside other is­sues for the Euro­pean cam­paign.”

Labour’s James Kelly and the SNP’s Clare Haughey will be back­ing EU mem­ber­ship.

But Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Tay­lor Muir told the Re­former he was only fo­cussed on the Scot­tish elec­tion and would not be cam­paign­ing on Europe un­til af­ter May 5.

The anti-EU UKIP have never con­tested the Ruther­glen seat but have ex­pe­ri­enced a slight in­crease in their vote share at the past three gen­eral elec­tions.

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